Saratoga County mental health services to move
Department going to ex-Topper site
SARATOGA SPRINGS A former car dealership on South Broadway will become home to Saratoga County Mental Health by the middle of next month.
The move from its current location next to Saratoga Hospital to the former Topper Pontiac building will take place between Oct. 7 and Oct. 15, with all programs expected to be up and running at the new location by Oct. 18.
“We will curtail some of our treatment services during the move, but we will not close at any time and we will continue to answer phones and respond to emergencies,” Mental Health Director Peter C. Lacey said in a letter to clients.
The move is taking place because Saratoga Hospital wants to take back the buildings it has been renting to the county program. They will be demolished to make way for a new operating room and intensive care unit wing.
County officials were notified more than a year ago of the hospital’s plans, and reached an agreement to rent the vacant Topper dealership, which keeps mental health services in the city and along major transportation routes.
Renovation work at the old dealership continues.
The county will also be moving its Friendship House day treatment program, currently in rented space in Milton, into the new location.
“By consolidating our programs in one location, we believe we can improve the overall quality of services to the citizens of Saratoga County who are dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues,” Lacey said.
An open house is being planned for sometime this winter.
The mental health department provides outpatient mental health and alcoholism treatment services. The department averages 1,700 to 2,000 active cases at any given time.
The hospital, meanwhile, is pushing forward with its plans.
The Saratoga County Capital Resource Corp. will hold a public hearing at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on the hospital’s request for $26.7 million in tax-exempt bond financing. The hearing will be at the county supervisors’ rooms at 40 McMaster St., Ballston Spa.
The total cost is estimated at $35.6 million, with the hospital providing the other $8.9 million.
Hospital officials hope to start demolition work by Nov. 1. Their plans include a new three-story addition to house operating rooms and support facilities as well as a new intensive care unit.